march workout planning

part of my “new year new me” mantra is working out, but I find that if I don’t have a plan I tend to go take a nap or eat a pizza… you feel me? So I have started planning out my workouts and when I mean planning I mean lets plan this whole month out! So here is my plan for march:
You can make your own! Don’t forget to really look at your month and figure out when you’ll have time to do these workouts! Notice that I am taking a couple rest days around my vacation time (double yay!). 
Have a productive March!

happy list

I needed another happy list because I’ve got two midterms today SO here goes:
1) I have property only ONCE this week… yay!
2) Puppy Kindergarten tonight… lots of puppy kisses make me happy
3) I started The Hunger Games… can’t wait to finish the trilogy
4) studying for midterms will be done at 2:45 today
5) It’s Leap Day tomorrow and March on Thursday (which means it’s almost St Patti’s Day!) 

weekend with mom

My mom came in this past weekend and I was so happy all weekend! My Aunt Linda came in town Friday night and we went to a sushi place which was an experience for Linda! I loved every minute of the weekend! I loved my mom playing with Winston & Poppy even though she’s allergic, I loved mom going to an Italian Restaurant and eating pasta even though she never eats pasta, I loved mom taking Winston out in the morning so I could sleep, I loved mom ironing my clothes even though she hates it, and I loved my mom flying up here to just see me!
Mom and baby Winston meeting for the first time! They were inseparable the entire weekend!

This awesome fabric chandelier in the Southdale Galleria… I’m making this someday

Winston took time out from kissing Grandma Jane to give Mommy Katherine a kiss

The alligator Grandma Jane bought for Winston… he hasn’t let it go since she left!
Thanks for a wonderful weekend mom! I miss you already!

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Crumble Cake!

This morning I had to make breakfast for our Student Government Meeting. And by “make” I mean could have bought bagels but decided to get up a little earlier and bake something. And by “something” I mean this Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Crumble Cake, and it is oh so lovely. 
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup butter, room temp
2 tsp lemon zest (I just zested a big lemon and had tons of fun while doing so)
7/8 cup + 1 tbsp sugar ( 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp = 7/8 cup) (the tbsp is for sprinkling on top)
1 egg, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup buttermilk
Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup sugar until fluffy
2) Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. In a small bowl toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup of the flour and in yet another bowl combine the rest of the flour, baking powder and salt.
3) Add the flour mixture to the batter in groups, alternating with the buttermilk. When well mixed fold in the blueberries carefully!
4) Grease a baking pan , spread batter into pan and sprinkle batter with the tbsp of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with toothpick, return to oven if needed. Cool. Serve and devour. 
Serves 8 -10
Have a wonderful start to the Lenten season! I’m obviously not giving up sugar but I always give up something(s) and add something(s) to my life! This year the sacrifice has to do with tv and food and the addition has to do with more church and more time spent on getting healthy! What are you giving up or adding? 
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway

Oreo cupcakes

yes OREO cupcakes… cue the drooling…
the actual cupcake is so chocolate-ly and dense that really all you need is one (but they are so good no one is going to judge you for having 2… or 3…) 
Ingredients: makes 24
Cupcakes:                                                       Frosting:
– 2 1/3 cups flour                                             -1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp whipping cream
– 1 cup cocoa powder                                     – 3 tbsp powdered sugar
– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder                               – 1/2 tsp vanilla 
– 1/2 tsp baking soda                                       – 6 tbsp Oreo crumbs
– 1/2 tsp salt                                                    – 24 Oreo cookie halves
– 12 tbsp butter
– 2 cups light brown sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 4 eggs
– 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Directions
preheat to 350 and line your cupcake pans
In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
In a big bowl beat butter until smooth, add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy, beat in vanilla. Add the eggs beating in between each addition. Add the dry mixture in 3 additions alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry mixture. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated. At this point the batter looks and tastes like chocolate mousse… go ahead take a little taste.
Bake for 18-20 minutes and cool. 
For frosting whisk the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk until stiff peaks form. Softly mix in the cookie crumbs with a spatula. Pipe the mixture on the cupcakes and add your Oreo half to decorate. 
Enjoy with some milk, after all, Oreos are milk’s favorite cookie. 
Hope yours turn out amazing! While you’re enjoying your cupcake remember to enter the giveaway